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Professor Theodor Baums

Director of the Institute for Law and Finance
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Theodor Baums, Director of the Institute for Law and Finance, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
Founder member of the ECGI : ECGI Fellow (2002) :


Theodor Baums J.D., Bonn 1975; LL.D.Bonn, 1980; habilitation, Bonn, 1985; qualification as a taxation lawyer 1978. Assistant professor at the Institute for Business Law, University of Bonn, 1977-1985; professor at the University of Muenster 1986-1987; visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley, 1990-1991, at the University of Vienna, 1992, at Stanford CA, 1995, and at Columbia/New York in 1999.

In 1987, he joined the faculty of the School of Law of the University of Osnabrueck/Germany where he has founded the Institute for Business Law in 1992.

Theodor Baums has worked as an advisor to the World Bank in 1992-1995. From 2000 until 2006 he was the director of the Institute for Banking Law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main and has founded the Institute for Law and Finance where he now serves as a member of the management board. Since 2006 he has the endowed chair for civil and business law at the ILF.

Prof. Baums has in the last years frequently advised the German Federal Parliament on questions concerning company and securities market regulation and was a member of the Federal Government`s commission on takeover regulation 1999- 2000. Until July 2001 he served as the chairman of the Federal Government´s Commission on Corporate Governance and Company Law Reform.

He is a member of the advisory board of the German Capital Markets Supervisory Agency; advisor on corporate governance issues to the Vorstand of the Deutsche Bundesbank; member of the advisory board of the EC Commission on company law; member of the European Model Company Law Group; member of several advisory boards of private companies, of national and international scientific societies, fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) in Brussels and editor of several scientific journals.

Theodor Baums has given numerous lectureships in Europe and in the U.S. Areas of current scholarly interest are corporate governance, corporate finance and capital markets. He has more than 140 books and articles on corporations, civil and antitrust law. He has been awarded the Order of Merit 1st class of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2006.

He was born in 1947, is married to Dr. Brigitte Baums-Stammberger and has 2 sons.

Research Interests
Corporate governance
German and European corporate law
Law of corporate finance

ECGI Working Papers (Click title for more details)
The European Model Company Law Act Project ECGI Law Working Paper 097/2008 March 2008
European Company Law beyond the 2003 Action Plan ECGI Law Working Paper 081/2007 March 2007
Taking Shareholder Protection Seriously? Corporate Governance in the United States and Germany ECGI Law Working Paper 017/2003 November 2003
Changing Patterns of Corporate Disclosure in Continental Europe: the Example of Germany ECGI Law Working Paper 004/2002 October 2002

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